07 August 2012

happiness, and peculiar sadness of lemon cake

Just a quick book review today, and a couple of things that have made me happy. 

I was up late last night watching the ever-magnificent Pete Seeger on The Colbert Report.  I tweeted afterwards:

Pete Seeger on Colbert: quavery voice, mighty message, eloquent banjo hands. How can we keep from singing?

I can't remember a time when I didn't know and love Pete Seeger. We had Weavers records playing in my house all the time. We watched "Rainbow Quest" on television. My father and I played guitar and sang his songs. His politics were the politics of my family - and still are mine. Bless the man.

The night before, I was up late to follow the landing of Curiosity on Mars. Yes, I'm one of the geeks who had the images from the JPL on iPad at 1:30 a.m., whooping along when the good news came down.  Space exploration: it never gets old.

Now, the book: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. My wee writeup isn't particularly insightful, but one of my friends' comments is. The writeup:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Part magical realism, part metaphor for the sensitivity each of us struggles with, and part bittersweet love story. 

Amy's comment:  

Oh! I loved this one too. Seems like most people I know didn't love it. I heard a lot of "but why didn't she use her special ability to help others?" which would have made for an incredibly sappy book. 

Exactly so. I guess a lot of people want everything to be Oprah-ready...because what good is understanding something delicate in oneself if you can't plaster it out over the networks? Sheesh! 


Anonymous said...

Glad we're on the same wavelength, and thanks for the shout-out. :-) I was haunted by this book. Really lovely.

Deb Hollander said...

I've had this book on my Goodreads "to read" list for a while now. Perhaps it will land on my night stand sooner rather than later.

Anna said...

I've got this on my nook now - I'll start it once I finish my paperback. Looking forward to reading something that's provoked you to blog!

KSD said...

Pete Seeger and a Mars landing. Occasionally, you feel like you're living at just the right time.